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Preparing your sermon, and being watched

Monday, October 5, 2009

In recent years there has rightly been a focus on the spread of house churches. However it is important to remember that the established churches meeting in buildings are still active, especially in Tehran, but also in other major cities. Members of the Anglican, Assemblies of God, and Presbyterian Churches still hold services, while the Armenian and Assyrian Orthodox Churches have services in their own languages. But they are all closely watched, especially the pastors who minister in Persian. It would be normal for officials from the authorities to be present during services to monitor what is said from the pulpit, and to make sure that no Muslims are being proselytised. Some pastors have to report to the government authorities every week, and if they or some of their members are going to travel, some of them are expected to let the authorities know. Most ministers prepare their sermon with their congregation in mind, pastors in Iran have to also consider the other guests who will be there, and be careful. Pray for Ministers to be encouraged, despite the pressures Ministers to preach powerfully and wisely All officials visiting churches to be touched

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